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Friday, August 18, 2006

John Kline's Effort to Micromanage Colleen Rowley's campaign Backfires

Drama Queen

WASHINGTON — DFL congressional candidate Coleen Rowley said Friday her campaign would keep on staff an unpaid worker who had called for decriminalizing drugs on his personal Web site.

'David Bailey has made valuable contributions to the campaign, and he will continue to do so,' Rowley said in a statement, referring to the worker. 'I welcome input and advice from people with a variety of views. This necessarily means I will disagree with both my supporters and staff on certain issues at certain times.

'But at the end of the day, Coleen Rowley decides what Coleen Rowley stands for, period. And as a 24-year FBI agent who fought organized crime, I emphatically and unequivocally oppose legalization of all drugs, especially methamphetamine, heroin, and crack cocaine.'

From the Drama Queen's comment thread:


I’m not with the Republicans on this one. These tactics almost make me decide Kline should not be elected. Legalization of drugs is a perfetly legitimate opinion, even if I don’t agree with it, and it is disturbing for Kline to suggest that anyone who holds that opinion is so inherently dark that he should of course be fired.

Further, Bailey's statement was found on a three-year-old discussion string, evidently. It's remindful of the moment that brought down Mccarthy, frankly, when McCarthy tried to make hay out of some old stuff in the life of one of Joseph Welch's aides.

Comment by Paul from Mpls — August 18, 2006 @ 10:36 am

I have to go with Paul on this one. I still strongly support Congressman Kline, but pehaps he needs a new campaign manager if this is what he has going in August. Kline’s the incumbant, he should run on his record.

Comment by Dave of the VRWC — August 18, 2006 @ 11:01 am

By going negative on Colleen Rowley, John Kline has given her more publicity. That's a dumb act for an incumbent with a huge financial advantage. Rowley's unconventional campaign is motivating volunteers in a way that Teresa Daly's scripted campaign did not.